Learn the Italian Game in 20 Minutes [Chess Opening Crash Course]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov gives you a quick crash course on one of the most popular chess openings, the Italian Game, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4.

You will learn the general opening theory, guidelines, key ideas, attacking plans, common errors, and some cool traps. Instead of just memorizing the opening moves, you will learn and understand the key ideas and purpose of each move.

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00:00 Italian Game Chess Opening [Ideas & Plans]
00:24 Why 3.Bc4? Don’t memorize moves, understand the opening
01:18 Giuoco Piano, 4.c3
03:34 Pawn sacrifice for a winning attack
04:32 Can you find the winning move for White?
05:00 If White plays 5.d4
06:55 If White plays 5.d3
09:07 Black plays 5…d6, Classical Variation, Giuoco Pianissimo
10:10 If Black delays castling 6…0-0 and plays 6…a6
11:43 Creating an escape square for the c4-bishop
12:33 Most common error by White (DON’T make this mistake)
14:34 If Black plays Bg4, pinning your knight
17:01 Building up the kingside attack
18:46 Summary & Conclusion

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273 Comments

  1. Minute 18:35 white is actually losing if black covers the queen's delivered check with the Bishop not the knight. You missed that 😢

  2. This is the worst chess opening chess course

  3. Hello Grandmaster, Giuoco Piano in actual italian means "slow game" but in 1500's italian means something different. "Piano" comes from latin "planus" that means also "clear" "uniform" "simple to understantand". Probably the correct translation of "giuoco piano" is not "slow game" but "standard game". Thanks for your channel, i love it.

  4. as a 400 elo player, is it so hard to to absorb this

  5. what happens at 8:21 when blacks knight goes to a5 forking the queen and bishop

  6. Winning move is Bd6, forcing the Queen to take the bishop then Qf7#.

  7. Broooo I’ve been playing the Italian So wrong LOL

    I would play the Italian with the Fixed position, bringing my other Knight out, and now seeing this video not even completely through I Realize how Ignorant I was on the Italian. Ty for showing us this, for me this has completely changed how I see the opening, and I will try to incorporate this into my games.

    Other than A couple Gambits and the English the Italian is the only opening I use with White so this has opened my eyes.

  8. is the first puzzle Bxd6#, Qxd6, Qf7mate ?????

  9. When I was first taught chess just the basic moves didn't know there is a science behind the game and with YouTube I'm learning again but it makes my head hurt

  10. the winning move is bishop d6, because black takes with the queen and now you can checkmate with queen g7(min 4:43)

  11. Bishop D6 is nasty, white has no choice of move, because The white Queen and white square Bishop are strangling the opposing King; Meanwhile the black Queen has been kidnapped and convinced into believing that sacrificing herself will lead to her Kings safety. R.I.P black

  12. 13:58 can’t white reply with Qf3? If knight moves, Qf7+ is possible.

  13. What is the best for white if blacks first move is Kf6, attacking whites first move e4?

  14. Bxe6 is the move because it lowers away the Queen

  15. Bxd6+ attaching the queen. If Qxd6 then Qf7++. If not black queen is a goner

  16. GM shows how to destroy opponents using a common and underrated opening

  17. Hey Igor nice video but can White play Qa4preventing exchange at ,11:37

  18. A3 to D6 check ; C7 takes D6 = B3 to F7 checkmate 😎

  19. that was a great video… i have not seen such well explained video anywhere

  20. 3:47 what if black takes with the bishop 1st then the knight cuz of that the queen will be under attack then what do we do next

  21. First you said it's a good idea to pin Black's knight after he castles, but @15:00 you say that it's not a good idea for Black to pin the White knight after White castles. Care to explain?

  22. Italian opening only helps when they play like you want at the beginning

  23. At 4:36 what if blacks queen moved to f6 square then what should we do??

  24. bishop to d 6 sacking the bishop and threatning a mate

  25. 8:24 what if black plays knight to a5 hitting queen and bishop 😅

  26. Thank you so much Igor! This video has helped me a lot. I think I prefer d3 instead of d4 as I don't really like to give up pawns. I like quiet games that aren't too wild.

  27. Thanks for sharing video on Italian game 👍

  28. wow. Bishop saves the day with the key check distraction. and then the queen slides in from downtown. Roll out the red carpet, checkmate biootch

  29. do not try this vs ai, it will shoe you all of the holes and weaknesses of this opening

  30. Bishop to d6 taking the pawn with check. After queen takes, queen f7 mate.

  31. I like unexpected, unconventional openings that throw off the opponent. They are risky but you can often goad your opponent into making a mistake.

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